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March 5, 2016

Correcting the phrase “Polish death camp” — there’s an app for that

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 3:58 pm

You can read here about the new app that you can use to change the evil phrase “Polish death camp” to the correct term: “Nazi death Camp.”

My photo below shows the gate into the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp “death camp”.

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The death camps, that were used in the killing of the Jews in the Holocaust, were mainly in Poland but it is wrong to refer to them as “Polish death camps.” These were camps which were run by the German Nazis, so they should be called German death camps.

This quote is from the news article:

After Poland called to punish those who use the term “Polish death camps” in reference to the wartime Nazi death camps on Polish soil, the museum at Auschwitz launched software that will help remove the term, which Poland says attributes responsibility for the Nazi crimes to the country.

On Tuesday, the website for the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Museum unveiled the “Remember” software which helps replaces “Polish death camp” with “Nazi death camp.”

“A special application ‘Remember’ is to help avoid the use of the term ‘Polish concentration camps’ or ‘Polish death camps’ in 16 languages. The program, which can be installed on a personal computer searches for a false phrase, underlines it and suggests the appropriate wording,” the museum explained on its Facebook page.

The death camps were in Poland, which leads to the common mistake of calling them Polish death camps.

One of the components of the government’s plan is the delegitimization of Polish-born American historian Jan Tomasz Gross, who in his acclaimed 2001 book “Neighbors,” exposed the Polish role in the 1941 massacre of 1,600 Jews in town of Jedwabne. The office of Polish President Andrej Duda, who is also from the Law and Justice party, has said it was considering stripping Gross of the Knight’s Cross Medal of Honor that Gross received in 1996 for his opposition to the former Communist regime in the country. Duda is now awaiting the opinion of the Polish Foreign Ministry on the issue.

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My photo of the bunk beds in the quarantine camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau

My photo of the bunk beds in the quarantine camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau

When prisoners were brought to Auschwitz-Birkenau, they had to stay in the quarantine barracks for a few days until it was determined that they had no disease that might be spread throughout the camp.  The German Nazis didn’t want the prisoners to die of disease; they wanted to kill them in gas chambers.  The Poles would never have done something like that, so don’t ever use the phrase “Polish death camp.”

 

March 3, 2016

Historian Jan Tomasz Gross is back in the news as Poland seeks to change history

Filed under: Holocaust, World War II — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 9:06 am

You can read the latest news about historian Jan Tomasz Gross at

http://www.thejc.com/news/world-news/154051/writer-warns-polish-plan-rewrite-history-holocaust

I learned about Jan Tomasz Gross on my first trip to Poland in 1998. My Polish tour guide told me the story of Jewabne and the killing of the Jews by the Poles. Now the Poles want to deny this and blame it all on the Germans. What a revolting development this is!

My 1998 photo of a house in Poland

My 1998 photo of a log house in Poland

I have written two previous blog posts about Jan Tomasz Gross which you can read here: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/tag/jan-tomasz-gross/

and here:  https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2016/02/14/jan-gross-and-jewabne-back-in-the-news/

The following quote is from the news article:

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Historian Jan Tomasz Gross, who has been censured by the Poland’s ruling Law and Justice Party for highlighting the role some Poles played in perpetrating the Holocaust, has warned that the [Polish] government is looking to take its whitewash of history into the country’s classrooms.

Mr Gross, who discovered two weeks ago that the government was considering withdrawing an Order of Merit awarded to him in 1996 by the then president, Aleksander Kwasniewski, for his research into the Holocaust and Polish-Jewish relations, said: “The current regime in Poland is nationalist, xenophobic, and authoritarian.”

“It openly states that it will enforce a political agenda with respect to teaching and commemorating Polish history.”

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Mr Gross said his claim last year that the Poles murdered more Jews than Nazis in Poland during the Second World War, as well as his documentation of the role of Poles in massacres of Jews during the Holocaust, had set the Law and Justice Party against him.

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Mr Gross said that the Polish prosecutor’s office had been urged to investigate the Project Syndicate article by a variety of nationalist organisations and politicians.

The probe could lead [to] Mr Gross being indicted on the charge of slandering the Polish nation.

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My 1998 photo of a charming house in Poland

My 1998 photo of a charming house in Poland

 

My 1998 photo of a house in Tykocin, Poland

My 1998 photo of a house in Tykocin, Poland

I am showing my photos, taken on my trip to Poland in 1998, because I was completely flabbergasted by how backward the country of Poland was. This latest news about the Poles leads me to believe that the Polish people are still backward.

September 26, 2015

The one and only war crime that was not committed by the Germans

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, World War II — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 9:19 am

The following quote is from a news article which you can read in full here.

It is hardly possible to exaggerate the guilt of the Nazi regime, but not all of the wartime crimes committed in eastern Europe can be laid at its door.

The above quote is a reference to a crime, in which German Waffen SS soldiers were wrongly blamed. This was the massacre that took place in the Polish town of Jedwabne on July 10, 1941 during the German invasion of the Soviet Union. Sixteen hundred Jews in the town were viciously murdered by the Polish residents, two weeks after the German soldiers had left.

Innocent men, women and children in the town were forced into a barn and then burned alive. The perpetrators claimed that they had been ordered by the Germans to commit this crime, but a trial in 1949 proved that this was a lie.

Map shows location of Jedwabne

Map shows location of Jedwabne

The news story continues with this quote:

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The younger men [in Jedwabne] were clubbed to death. Older people, and mothers with children, were driven into a barn that was set alight, burning them to death. When the Soviet Union regained control of the area an investigation into the massacre was ordered and a memorial was erected, announcing that 1,600 Jews had been killed there by the German Gestapo.

It wasn’t until 2000 that this version of events was challenged publicly by the Polish-American historian Jan Tomasz Gross in his book Neighbours. “One day, in July 1941,” Gross wrote, “half of the population of a small east European town murdered the other half.” The killers, in other words, were not the German invaders, but the Polish inhabitants of Jedwabne.

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I wrote this previous blog post about the Jews in Poland:  https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2012/05/22/the-long-road-from-the-shetetls-of-eastern-europe-to-the-good-life-in-america-and-the-uk-via-auschwitz/

Martin Zaidenstadt, who claims to be a Holocaust survivor, was born in 1911 in Jedwabne. Zaidenstadt would be 104 years old if he is still alive. I wrote about him on this page of my websiter:

http://www.scrapbookpages.com/DachauScrapbook/DachauSurvivor.html